Change can be a scary thing, especially when it comes to moving a loved one into transitional care. Older adults are often afraid they’ll have to give up their independence, and loved ones are often afraid their loved one won’t get the care required or that he or she will be unhappy. But as with all things in life, the more you know about transitional care, the less frightening it is. Here are some ways you can allay your fears and ensure a peaceful transition for your loved one.
Picking the Right Care Facility Is an Integral First Step
One of the most important things you can do to help ease your fears about your loved one’s transition into care is to learn what makes a good care facility and to choose a transitional care unit (TCU) that is capable of providing the best and most comprehensive care for your loved one. Here are a few things to look for in the right care facility:
- The community, staff, and residence should be warm and welcoming
- Staff should be trained, knowledgeable, and capable of managing a variety of needs
- There should be a good staff-to-patient ratio
- Care should be available around the clock
- The meals should be both nutritious and tasty
- There should be both private spaces for residents and communal spaces for socialization
- Staff must be able to fulfill all your loved one’s needs, from help with the activities of daily living to medication management and more
- Staff must be caring, attentive, and patient with the residents
Know What to Expect
When you know what your loved one can expect from transitional care, it takes out the element of the unknown, making the transition easier and less frightening. You can do this by visiting the specialized transitional care facility where your loved one will be, talking to the staff, finding out about the daily routine, learning about the care available, and meeting some of the people in the community.
Experience tip: It may help you and your loved one to get the room ready before move-in day, and be with your loved one during the move.
Walker Methodist: Care that Goes Above and Beyond
Walker Methodist is different from other specialized transitional care facilities in that we offer a wide variety of living communities to accommodate a full range of needs. Whether your loved one needs memory care, long-term care, rehabilitation services, cardiac care, adult day services, Parkinson’s care, or any other type of specialized care, our staff is equipped to manage all your loved one’s needs.
We believe people at every age deserve the most fulfilling lives possible, and we've made it our mission to enhance the lives of older adults with the same kind of loving
Moving a loved one into transitional care doesn’t have to be a scary thing for your family. When you choose Walker Methodist for your loved one’s care, you'll get peace of mind from knowing that they will get personalized care that addresses medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. For more information on our care communities, or how we can make your loved one’s transition into care easier, contact us today to request more TCU or rehab information.